This is probably one of the most impressive pieces of furniture that I’ve had for sale on Mint! Even before finding out the background to this dressing table, I knew that it had to have been made by someone who knew what they were doing – this isn’t your run of the mill retro dressing table! I bought it off a (wonderful!) couple who were downsizing – Herman, the husband, told me that he was so worried somebody would paint it white, but I assured him that whoever bought it from Mint would appreciate it for the fine piece of furniture that it was. Herman and his wife had the dressing table made in 1968 in Johannesburg, by a Swiss furniture maker who was purported to be one of the best in the business at the time. While some of the pieces are a kiaat veneer, it’s still a seriously solid (and well made) table. Just one look at the joins and you can see how well constructed this piece is. I love the asymmetry of the mirror, and those brass handles finish it off beautifully! Obviously over the course of 45 years there’s been a bit of wear, but aside from a few ring marks, and the odd minor chip in the veneer, it’s actually in fairly good condition. There’s also a small rip to the vinyl upholstery, but that would be easy enough to recover, and it doesn’t detract from how startlingly good looking this dressing table is.
A very handsome piece of furniture, and an excellent investment. I’d think you’d be looking at at least R10 000 to have something of this sort of quality made today!
Note: Please pay attention to the dimensions below – this is a fairly large piece.
Dimensions: Dressing table – 152cm wide x 48cm deep x 128cm tall; Stool – 68cm wide x 42cm deep x 50cm tall
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